Hon. John C. Gastelum See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.6 - 7 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

What others have said about Hon. John C. Gastelum


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7407
Judge Gastelum is an outstanding jurist. His Court of Appeal days as a research attorney aids him in being an excellent jurist. I have not seen him step beyond the law. Although I did not prevail in his Courtroom, I would welcome the opportunity to be in front of him, again.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7216
Lazy. Rarely changes tentative ruling. Paper this judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6383
Rating:Not Rated
His fat ugly deranged wife probably wrote the positive comment.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5951
You have to reserve a hearing date months in advance to get on long motion calendar. The only way around that is to notice an ex parte application to set it sooner.

He often cancels ex parte's and in highly contested matters, either takes under submission without argument, or palms your case off to another SC judge.

Maybe he's better suited to the appellate bench where he doesn't have to hear argument or take evidence. I don't know. Its hard to gauge him because so far all I have gotten is pro tems and substitute judges. Might as well 170.6 this chap before he gets to first base on your case.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4692
Rating:Not Rated
Comment CA4616 was either written by the judge himself or one of his relatives!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4616
A review of this judge's work product from 2013 reveals that he is an extraordinarily industrious and precise legal jurist, while simultaneously writing with a creative flair that is a pleasure to read.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4271
Not a scholarly judge, and he plays favorites.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4207
I found Judge Gastelum to be incapable of understanding basic concepts like statutes of limitations and judicial admissions. He seems to be a decent fellow, but he would be more suited to small claims court than the civil unlimited panel.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2601
Rating:Not Rated
Painfully slow to rule on submitted matters....

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2505
Well prepared, seems to read everything and has an agreeable demeanor. Issues detailed and thoughtful tentative rulings on l/m but will still hear you out.